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John P. Ryan Crew
398th Bomb Group - 602nd Bomb Squadron
B-17G-45-BO #42-97252 - Served with both the 398th BG & 351st BG

Standing Left to Right: John P. Ryan (P), Roy Test, Jr. (CP), Carl F. Foster (N), Daniel Adams (B)

Kneeling Left to Right: Lloyd G. Stovall (R/O), John J. Cowley (FE), Joseph Horvath (G), Ray Keene (TG), Sam Devan (G)

Photo taken in Rapid City, SD - April 1944



  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron


  • Chambers Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Flew 32 missions in 77 days Distinguished Flying Cross (July 1944)

  • John Cowley

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    air medal

  • Samuel Devan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner
    Good Conduct Ribbon, EAME Ribbon with two (2) Bronze Stars, American Defense Service Ribbon, Air Medal with three (3) Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross.

  • Carl Foster

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Flew 32 missions in 77 days. Distinguished flying cross

  • Joseph Horvath

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    air medal

  • Raymond Keene

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Distinguished Flying Cross

  • John Ryan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    air medal

  • Lloyd Stovall

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner
    32 missions AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC

  • Lee Test

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Completed 32 missions in 77 days in 1944, including D-Day. Berlin the worst. No crew injuries in combat. Bomb. Dan Adams, Nav. Carl Foster and I are still alive at 2/16/04. ETO Ribbon with 2 bronze stars, Air Medal with 3/Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC


  • 42-97252 Devil's Mistress

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 6/5/44; no ops, transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-K] Polebrook 24/5/44; 103m Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45;...


  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 00:53:35 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations